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    Choices, choices...
    Hi,
    I'm a Spanish student who will be starting on a British University next October. I post this as a desperate cry for help, because my deadline is the first of July and I haven't got a ****ing clue as to what to do. I'll explain a bit futher... Among others I have been made unconditional offers by Cambridge (Homerton College) and Imperial College. I am doing Physics by the way. The thing is they're pretty balanced. As I am currently studying my first year of University at Spain, I have been given the choice to start on my second year at imperial, provided that I pass the exams on September. Plus the first year of Natural Sciences in cambridge isn't that appealing and I imagine it can be very thorough. (First question: How difficult? It's only one subject I still don't know which to choose.) Another question: I imagine you aren't expected to know the formuli by memory at Imperial exams? There are other aspects: At Cambridge there are more holidays, but there are also lectures and stuff on Saturdays (Is it very exhausting?). The list never ends: Cambridge is cheaper but London trendier, I think the atmosphere at Cambridge may be more stimulating. They have been very helpful, kind AND informative at Imperial, not so much at Cambridge. Also I am in a very serious relationship, which makes it all the more difficult (skipping a year is very appealing).
    So this about it, advice, answers and whatever u want will be very welcome. And fast please.
    P.S: If you study hard, are you capable to pretty much have your holidays free (between terms), or half of them at least?
    Thank you.
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    UN ESPAÑOL!!! Hombre... yo voy a Imperial así que diría que Imperial!!! Soy un poco biased :P... por cierto, simple curiosidad... qué nota sacaste en la Selectividad PAAU y en qué uni estás estudiando física? Es que las dos unis piden AAA para Física :O Sinceramente, una oportunidad como Cambridge... no debería desaprovecharse... pero Imperial está muy MUY bien para física además... aunque Cambridge es muy bonito (tuviste entrevista?) Imperial está en LONDRES!!! Siendo español, sinceramente necesitarás más vida nocturna de la que te puede dar Cambridge Además... empiezas en segundo en Imperial!!!
    "very serious relationship"... eso significa que tienes novia? :P Cuántos años son en Imperial? 3 o 4? Ya sé que esto es más personal... pero tío... es tu carrera... naturalmente el amor es importante... pero no decidas la universidad por eso...
    Al final... la decisión es tuya tío... mira los pros y cons... Cambridge... reputación internacional... bonita ciudad... más barato... Imperial... te ahorras un año... vives en Londres... equiparable para Física con Cambridge...
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    So, if you went to Cambridge you'd have to do your first year again, but if you went to Imperial, you could go straight into second? If so I'd go for Imperial, but then that's just me, because I wouldn't want to loose a year, it was one of my main reasons for choosing to study in the UK - that I can get my degree faster in the UK than I could in say Germany. Cambridge would not work out cheaper either if that's the case, as you'd be paying for one year extra and I'm not 100% sure, but I bet the cost of that one year is way more than the extra cost of living in London for one year less. You may want to do some calculations on this if money is a question.
    But i think quite a lot of us here are biased towards Imperial . Cambridge is a great uni, one of the best in the world (apart from some private ones in the US), so probably the best state university in the world.
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    Personally, I'd go for Imperial or Oxford for science. I don't really like the idea of having to carry on with chemistry when really I want to do earth sciences. If you go to Cambridge you'll have to spend time doing other sciences, you can't specialise until quite a bit later. Having done a year of UG physics do you really want to have to pick up some chemistry (or whatever) again. I'm sure if you wanted to spend time on other sciences you'd not have chosen physics. I doubt, on statistical grounds, that Imperial would stress your relationship back at home.
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    (Original post by kitsune)
    UN ESPAÑOL!!! Hombre... yo voy a Imperial así que diría que Imperial!!! Soy un poco biased :P... por cierto, simple curiosidad... qué nota sacaste en la Selectividad PAAU y en qué uni estás estudiando física? Es que las dos unis piden AAA para Física :O Sinceramente, una oportunidad como Cambridge... no debería desaprovecharse... pero Imperial está muy MUY bien para física además... aunque Cambridge es muy bonito (tuviste entrevista?) Imperial está en LONDRES!!! Siendo español, sinceramente necesitarás más vida nocturna de la que te puede dar Cambridge Además... empiezas en segundo en Imperial!!!
    "very serious relationship"... eso significa que tienes novia? :P Cuántos años son en Imperial? 3 o 4? Ya sé que esto es más personal... pero tío... es tu carrera... naturalmente el amor es importante... pero no decidas la universidad por eso...
    Al final... la decisión es tuya tío... mira los pros y cons... Cambridge... reputación internacional... bonita ciudad... más barato... Imperial... te ahorras un año... vives en Londres... equiparable para Física con Cambridge...
    Yeah dude
    Viva espanol!!:P I dont get a word of what you wrote Hope you've helped him
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    But seriously, I think that if you have to begin from the first year at Cambridge, it would be better to go to Imperial. I adhere to Adarah that in the end it would turn out that Imperial was a cheaper option. But I don't think money should be the biggest issue here since it is about your education we are talking about. Cambridge is more renowned among casual folks all around the world, but IC is equally known among people involved in science. And I don't think you will have much more free time at Cambridge than at Imperial. Both unis have to keep up to their prestige and will require pretty much the same workload (I don't know it though, since I am not a student at any of them). Or that is at least what I was considering when thinking about both schools.
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    (Original post by pole_from_swede)
    Yeah dude
    Viva espanol!!:P I dont get a word of what you wrote Hope you've helped him
    In a nutshell he basically asks the dude where he studies at uni at the moment, then he talks about how cambridge is a great opportunity, but that imperial is really good at physics too. He also asks how important his girlfriend is, cuz obviously the choice is to do with his career, so he prolly shouldn't decide what to do based on love etc. And he rounds of by telling the fellow to balance the advantages/disadvantages including some useful examples

    Sounds like good advice to me
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    Riccardo's points are also good. On the Cambridge course you have to do other subjects too at first. Not for long, but it may still be a bit annoying if you know you really want to do Physics already and are not at all interested in the other sciences.
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    ...Cambridge....
    The forbiden word....I VILL KEEL YOU!!!!
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    (Original post by BossLady)
    In a nutshell he basically asks the dude where he studies at uni at the moment, then he talks about how cambridge is a great opportunity, but that imperial is really good at physics too. He also asks how important his girlfriend is, cuz obviously the choice is to do with his career, so he prolly shouldn't decide what to do based on love etc. And he rounds of by telling the fellow to balance the advantages/disadvantages including some useful examples

    Sounds like good advice to me
    Someone doing Alevel Spanish over here?
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    (Original post by kitsune)
    Someone doing Alevel Spanish over here?
    lol, I did do AS spanish at school yes, many moons ago :p: perhaps I should have done one of the intermediate spanish language courses here at Imp to advance it more.

    To be fair though I've learnt alot more spanish by spending alot of time there and reading news websites in spanish/"Hola" mag etc. What sucks about A-level is that it teaches you "correct" spanish, as much as my old teachers tried to also teach us more localisms.

    On a side note, less than a month till I'm in Spain again....yeah baby!
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    lol! What part of Spain are you going to? ... mmm reading the "Hola" ... gossiping here over here!!!! lol!!! What are localisms?
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    (Original post by kitsune)
    lol! What part of Spain are you going to? ... mmm reading the "Hola" ... gossiping here over here!!!! lol!!! What are localisms?
    The south, though will be avoiding the very "british" places, which are infact Mini-England, cuz you'll find more people speaking english than spanish there, and a proper fry-up lol. Not sure if you agree but I have found that that can be quite a large downside with the south, so many brits, you get "the Sur in English" and stuff like that, you can lose the spanish culture if you go to the wrong places. "Hola" is great for learning spanish, cuz you got pictures to help you along, and everyone understands words like "Tom Cruise" etc .

    I'm not sure localisms are the right word, I think i meant colloquialisms, stuff that is said which is generally spoken only in that region like in Granada they don't pronouce "s" properly so it seems to sound like "gracia.." or maybe that was the people I was staying with at the time?? And of course you don't really learn swear-words and other slang in A-level

    There must be some Madrid/Tenerife slang only spoken in the region which you can tell me about! I could try and pass myself off as someone from Madrid (in my dreams).
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    You mean the vernacular Spanish. I know what you mean about those god damn ex patriot communities. Find yourself in one of those and despair. I think Spanish would be very useful since so much of the world's mineral wealth is in Latin America or the Phillipines etc. Great colonialist, though I'm not sure that's complimentary.
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    Actually in Spanish there are 4 official Languages: Castellano (Spanish really...), Catala (or Catalán), Euskera (or Vasco), Galego (or Gallego) and Valenciano (which I personally do not consider a language... but as the Mayorquín, Ibicenco and Menorquín... a dialect from Catalán)... and the other Dialects from Castellano (all languages come from Latin except Euskera) are mainly: Andaluz and Canario although they are others... for example... a person from Madrid wont understand someone with strong accent from Canarias or Galicia...
    I have Canarian accent but not much really... when I'm in Tenerife... people ask me whether I am from main land and when I am in Madrid they ask me where I am from!
    Canarian accept is a mixture of Andaluz and South American Spanish...
    Why I am telling all this in a Imperial forum? LOL!!! I'm able to tell you all the hisotry of the Spanish languages and their characteristic from 218 before J.C. until now and all the origins and characteristics of the Spanish in South America... lol!!! This is one part of the Syllabus of Spanish Language!!!
    I hope this has been some kind of interesting :P
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    I love the way in which some discussions develope!!
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    What's Basque language like?
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    (Original post by eduardoserna)
    Another question: I imagine you aren't expected to know the formuli by memory at Imperial exams?
    Thank you.
    Yes, you are. There isn't a formula sheet, you just have to remember them. Often they will give you the formula you need to use in the question though.

    I would go to Imperial, 1) because you can get stuck into 2nd year physics and 2)because there's more to do in London 3) because it'd be easier to vist your girlfriend by living near the main airports/railway stations.

    I may see you in second year physics in October!
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    (Original post by kitsune)
    Actually in Spanish there are 4 official Languages: Castellano (Spanish really...), Catala (or Catalán), Euskera (or Vasco), Galego (or Gallego) and Valenciano (which I personally do not consider a language... but as the Mayorquín, Ibicenco and Menorquín... a dialect from Catalán)... and the other Dialects from Castellano (all languages come from Latin except Euskera) are mainly: Andaluz and Canario although they are others... for example... a person from Madrid wont understand someone with strong accent from Canarias or Galicia...
    I have Canarian accent but not much really... when I'm in Tenerife... people ask me whether I am from main land and when I am in Madrid they ask me where I am from!
    Canarian accept is a mixture of Andaluz and South American Spanish...
    Why I am telling all this in a Imperial forum? LOL!!! I'm able to tell you all the hisotry of the Spanish languages and their characteristic from 218 before J.C. until now and all the origins and characteristics of the Spanish in South America... lol!!! This is one part of the Syllabus of Spanish Language!!!
    I hope this has been some kind of interesting :P
    Oh yeah! I remember a lesson we once had on the different types of spanish...then our spanish teacher started talking in euskera and we were all massively confused lol...all i remember is "kaixo" is "hello" (i think!). Actually i think i vaguely remember the teacher saying that catalan has little blobs of french in it apparently (cuz of the close proximity with france).

    Btw were you born in Tenerife?

    I'd ask you to recite the history of of spanish languages, but I fear they might say we're going a little off topic
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    thanks for your help pals, and by the way, "eskerrik kasko" is thank you in basque, it's a really cool language, but right now half of the basque country has gone mad (terrorism and racism and stuff)
 
 
 
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